Brittany Blanchard is your girl for bridal makeup and lash extensions. Just look at her work and it’s obvious that she loves what she does and is damn good at it! In addition, she is just a pleasure to be around…a positive sweet soul that will help you feel beautiful inside and out. We can’t say enough good things about her and we can’t wait for you to get to know her better. Read on!
Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland?
I never like answering this question because there is still a stigma for being a transplant but I am originally from Ventura, California. I have been here for ten years though so I am practically a native now, right?
What is your favorite thing about Portland?
I love that there are so many things to do and so much good food!
What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?
My favorite spot is Voicebox Karaoke. I have been going there since I moved here. I LOVE singing but I am super shy so I love that you get a private room there.
How long have you been working as a professional wedding makeup artist/hair stylist? 5 years.
I went to the Aveda Institute thinking that I was going to be working in a salon but realized very quickly that makeup and hair styling was where it was at for me. I worked for 3 years on a large bridal team, which was great for learning about my craft, the industry and also helped me determine my personal aesthetic. I have also freelanced for several makeup lines including Smashbox, Estee Lauder and YSL. I ventured out on my own a couple years ago because I wanted to work more closely with my brides as well as have to opportunity to develop my own aesthetic even more. I also attend as many trainings and workshops as I can to further my skills.
How would you describe the importance of your role & why do you feel a couple should hire a beauty professional for their wedding day?
Our role is definitely important. In addition to helping you look polished, makeup and hair is important for your wedding photos. We use products and techniques specifically for photography. Also, a bridal makeup artists application is meant for longevity so you look good until the end of the night. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy being pampered.
What is the best part of your job?
I enjoy the collaboration with my brides to create a look that is custom to their style, features, ect. It’s so gratifying to make another person feel good about themselves, especially for such an important event in their life.
What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?
Probably keeping everyone on schedule the day of the wedding. I feel like makeup artists get a bad reputation for running behind but often times it’s because an attendant was late for their appointment. All of the artists I know actually create timelines for makeup and hair and consider being on time highly important.
Do you work solo or do you have a studio and/or team?
I do not have a team per say but a network of artists that I trust that I contract out for larger parties.
What do you attribute to your success as a wedding beauty professional? What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?
I think my aesthetic sets me apart from others in my field. And I always strive to be very personable and kind to my brides. Planning a wedding can be very stressful. I think maintaining a soothing, friendly manner helps to keep brides from stressing out.
At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?
6-18 months. Especially early for summer months.
Where do you draw inspiration? Are there any current trends you are excited about?
I am constantly inspired by color and texture everywhere. In terms of makeup trends, yes and no. For bridal makeup, I prefer not to do trendy looks because I think it will be regrettable down the road. I think for bridal, timeless is key. But I am happy to see that people are starting to veer away from heavy contouring.
What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?
Check to make sure they are licensed. Also, please make sure they are reliable and have a contract. I’ve seen so many brides try to save money by going with a less expensive artist that does not provide a contract and then bails out last minute. It’s so sad to me.
What is your best advice for wedding clients?
Try not to stress out too much. Little things may not go exactly as planned but ultimately you are marrying the love of your life and that’s what is truly important.
Anything else you’d like couples to know about you?
I will do everything that I can to make things as smooth as possible for my brides and I am very reliable.
What other local wedding professional (s) are currently inspiring you?
I am so inspired by the kind photographers that go out of their way to share images with vendors, like Sweetlife Photography and Hazelwood Photo. (Bonus points to Hazelwood because she shot my wedding and was a dream to work with!) But seriously, to those photographers that share images, it is so appreciated and goes a long way. I am also inspired by the community of makeup artists in Portland like Kelli Thomsen, Olivia Hawthorne, Kirstie Wight and Cassandra Kennedy. Running a small business is a lot of work and it’s so nice to have friendly artists that you can talk to and bounce ideas off of.
The beautiful images used in this post are by Lauryn Kay Photography.